If you were a blog reader here last year, you will remember that I took the month of December to review all the Christmases of my life. It was one of the most meaningful journaling activities I’ve ever done and I plan to keep my list up to date by taking some time to document Christmas of 2010 today.
We stayed at the Grand America overnight on a Friday evening in early December of 2010 so we could attend my hubby’s company holiday party. He was sick and losing his voice, but needed to attend. We thought it would be fun to bring the kids along and let them have a fancy dinner in the hotel room while we were at the dinner party. It was a very fancy party so I got all dressed up and hubby wore a tuxedo.
I especially enjoyed the amazing gingerbread house display in the hotel.
I love to see holiday displays and gingerbread houses have always been a favorite of mine. I would love to try and make a fancy one someday.
It’s a good thing I enjoyed that evening, because I didn’t do much else the rest of the holiday season. My husband ended up getting pretty sick after that night and had to take antibiotics. The bad news is that I caught it and it turned into a very nasty sinus infection and bronchitis for me. It took me 2 rounds of antibiotics and I was sure I had pneumonia. Most of the month of December ended up being a sick blur for me and I felt very sad that I missed out on all the merriment. It wasn’t a very fun December and it has inspired me to be ready early this year so I don’t have the stress that I did last year of trying to pull things together at the last minute.
If you want an idea of how lousy I felt, I didn’t take ONE picture on Christmas Day! I didn’t feel up to anything and I had no motivation to snap a picture at all. Some “Scrapbook Lady”! Oh well, at least I documented the holidays in my past, I am happy about that.
Want to play along? Have you ever gotten through a Christmas without taking any pictures at all? Why or why not? Maybe something happened to your film? Or you forgot your camera? Or you just didn’t want to take any? Write down the memories you could have captured with a camera that year.
Take a trip with me down memory lane as I documented my memories of Christmas. Each entry has prompts included to help you record your own seasonal memories. Here's an index to the posts of my Christmases Past:
- 2009 - a heart attack and other holiday memories
- 2008 - race to IKEA and grocery store Santa
- 2007 - the food poisoning incident
- 2006 - the storm of the century (in Albuquerque)
- 2005 - purple tinsel and a Chevy Chase Christmas
- 2004 - first Christmas in our current house
- 2003 - a surprise trip to Texas
- 2002 - the year I went digital (photography)
- 2001 - in search of the elusive Christmas card family photo
- 2000 - so many Santas!
- 1999- Hubby hogs the mike
- 1998 - a painted treasure
- 1997 - boxes are more fun than presents
- 1996 - the diagnosis
- 1995 - the most organized Christmas ever
- 1994- the least organized Christmas ever
- 1993- baby's first Christmas (and I have no photos!)
- 1992- a game of Risk
- 1991 - young and in love
- 1990 - anxiously engaged
- 1989 - college student
- 1988 - collecting holiday china
- 1987 - first year of college
- 1986- traditions with my brother
- 1985 - bedridden
- 1984 - my first boyfriend
- 1983 - singing all over the place
- 1982 - treasures from my Mom
- 1981 - No longer an only child at Christmas
- 1980 - a brother on the way
- 1979 - 2 by the tree
- 1978 - Russian flu
- 1977 - a new guitar
- 1976 - Cousins at Christmas
- 1975 - All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth
- 1974 - Mrs. Beasley & the big pink dinosaur
- 1973 – My first faint memories of Christmas
- 1972 - I think this was 1972?
- 1971 - The year I decided I hated Santa
- 1970 - I'm on a banana
- 1969 - My first Christmas